Friday, July 31, 2009


I have a new post up today over at sbcIMPACT! Let me encourage you to head on over and check it out. Click here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vacation Countdown - "2 Days"

We're less than two days away from flying away into the wild blue yonder. I hid out at the office as much as I could today. Something happens at our house the last few days before vacation. Tina always gets this urge to clean the house really good just in case something happens to us. Yep, I don't think that I could really enjoy heaven while worrying about someone seeing our less than perfectly cleaned home . So, I have personally cleaned every toilet in the house and I am now awaiting my next assigned task. It's not so bad--I do enjoy coming home to a pristeen home. The problem is that we are leaving Jaren home by himself and I'm not convinced that he is going to maintain the place very well while we are gone. The good news is that he will likely never venture up from downstairs except to pilfer for food. If I leave enough cash, then he will eat out and will not venture into the kitchen much. We have a mini-fridge downstairs where we keep the sodas.

Packing is fun at our house. Zach and I usually find a shirt and a pair of blue jeans each and call it good. Tina, as any good woman would, forces us to pack for all of the unkown scenarios that we might face. Even though Florida has Walmart or two, we will check one ginormous suitcase and then carry on a couple of small ones. I doubt we'll need half of what we take--but we will do it for mom. I used to take a lot of books on vacation deceiving myself into thinking that I would actually read them. I'm not taking any this time--ok, I'll take my One Year Bible. Also, I'll take Conlan Brown's novel that I need to finish. Perhaps, I'll take one more just in case I finish Conlan's book and want something else.

Amy gave me some girl scout cookies for the trip--Samoas. I'll pack those in the ginormous bag and hope the baggage guys don't steal them. I'll eat the first cookie with one foot in the gulf in honor of Amy. The cookies are actually for Gideon (the church cat) but he said that I could take them with me in case I see some Florida cats.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Government Health Plan Chart

I don't know that you've seen this chart but is very scary to me. I haven't found that the government does anything well. The federal government is certainly not efficient. I know that we have problems with our insurance system that need to be addressed but I sure don't want this solution.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Vacation Countdown: "6"

Just six days left...

One of the things that I am looking forward to is our first-ever trip to Busch Gardens. This park boasts some of the wildest coasters in America. Zach and I were watching "Youtube" videos of some of the rides in the park--Awesome! Tina will have nothing to do with us as we ride and will instead be at the shows and checking out the exhibits. From what I can understand, Busch Gardens is sort of like Disney's Animal Kingdom in that there are a lot of zoo-like exhibits to see. The online ticket purchase allows us to get in for two days. The plan is to hit the park mid-week, like maybe Tuesday and then return on Thursday for a second day. I'm a theme park nut and I have already started planning out the preferred sequence by which we will tour the park. Crazy, isn't it?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Vacation Countdown: "7"

Exactly one week from today, I will be enjoying Anna Maria Island. This is a beautiful spot on the Florida's Gulf Coast just south of Tampa. I can't wait!
One of the best parts of the trip will be just relaxing on the beach. In addition, we're planning to experience sailing, snorkeling, and even a couple of days at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
I love seafood and so I'm certain that we will have some wonderful dining expeiences as well.
We will be staying at a condominium that is provided free of charge for pastors and their families as a place to relax and recharge. I very much appreciate the foundation that makes this possible. Our church has graciously provided airfare and perhaps a few other things.
Clearly this is all that I will be thinking of for the next seven days.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Colorado Baptists Envisioning a Brighter Future

I had a great meeting today with the CBGC Revision/Restructure Task Force. I'm not sure what the real name of the group is but what I've written is close. I was concerned going into the meeting that there might not be the will among the group to ask hard questions and ponder substantive change. I walk away from the meeting greatly encouraged. The meeting began with us all on our knees asking God for guidance and for his ideas. We spent four hours discussing a variety of things but mainly focusing in on the philosophical purposes of the CBGC. We're just beginning and our next meeting is a month away. I believe though that good things are coming for Colorado Baptists. We're envisioning a bright future!

Friday, July 10, 2009

NAMB Trustee Beginnings...

I have a new post up at sbcIMPACT! discussing my new role as a North American Mission Board Trustee. I would invite you to head on over and check it out. The following link will take you there: